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Poster: R Pal Date: May 4, 2014 2:15pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What would you have watched from this schedule?

The US television at that time seemed to show men twirling plates balanced on sticks while upbeat music played in the background. Was that also common in Australia or is it a U.S. thing?

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: May 4, 2014 2:19pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: What would you have watched from this schedule?

Don't know about plate spinners, but acrobats were common in both nations. Also tap-dancers, and pretty female singers who sang songs without any real emotion. It's hard for me to make a more confirm statement, as I have found it very difficult to view Australian shows of the 1950s/1960s.

While vaudeville died in the US during the early 1930s, it continued in Australia into the early 1960s. As such there were an absurdly large number of variety series produced in the country starting with the introduction of television in Sydney and Melbourne during late 1956 (additionally, a lot of the early television drama produced in those two cities consisted of adaptations of stage plays...). While sound motion pictures killed vaudeville in the US, it was television which killed it in Australia. But even without television, it would have died due to changing tastes.